CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 |
For Steven Ancheta, the time is long past for more arguments about online education's merits and convenience. The West Covina resident, who is enrolled in a fully online program for a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, praised the experience and the chance for working people to take evening or weekend classes. His positive view about online education was strongly supported in a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll . Among the registered voters who participated in the survey, 59% said they agreed with the idea that increasing the number of online classes at California's public universities will make education more affordable and accessible.
March 15, 2012
Internet envy Re " A digital desert ," Column One, March 12 Step 1: Start an online company. Step 2: Move to a place with no high-speed Internet. Step 3: Complain. This is totally ridiculous. I wouldn't own a manufacturing company and then move to Malibu and complain that I couldn't run it there, or start a day-care center, then complain that there was a bar next door. Want fast Internet access? Move. The article says that faster satellite access does exist, but it is limited and finicky.
August 26, 2011
You're a savvy shopper and a solid citizen, so you already know this: When you buy something online, over the phone or from a mail-order catalog from out-of-state sellers, they won't add up your sales taxes or include them on the bill. You have to add them up and send in the money yourself. Even if you're out of the state and you buy something worth more than $400 — say, an Elvis outfit from a shop in Las Vegas — you're going to be wearing it here, so you still have to figure out the sales tax. And you know that these sales taxes on out-of-state goods are known as "use taxes.
January 10, 2011
Sense of the court Re "Scalia's right to speak," Editorial, Jan. 6. Yes, naively I used to think that Supreme Court justices were above the fray, very intelligent, unbiased, apolitical and even untouchable, if you will. But after decisions such as stopping the 2000 presidential election vote count and the opening wide of corporate political contributions by the Citizens United case, I harbor no misconceptions as to the aloofness of Supreme Court justices. They're right down there with the rest of us. So don't be surprised if one of them accepts an invitation from a far-right Republican political activist.
January 3, 2010 |
California's Master Plan for Higher Education is history. State officials and politicians don't want to admit it, but it's true. Blame it on a severe recession, a dysfunctional state government or tax-phobic voters, the result is the same. Contrary to the plan's vaunted goal, every high school graduate does not have the option of receiving an affordable, high-quality education. This year's budget cuts were the deepest in the higher education system's history, and projections of continuing deficits promise even more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2009 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called on legislators Thursday to adopt sweeping education reforms that would dramatically reshape California's public education system and qualify the state for competitive federal school funding. The governor's proposed legislation, to be considered during a special session that ends by Oct. 5, was met almost immediately by criticism from the powerful state teacher unions, which called Schwarzenegger's plans rushed and unnecessary. While Schwarzenegger's goal is to boost California's chances to qualify for $4.35 billion in federal grants, known as "Race to the Top," many of his proposals go far beyond those needed for eligibility, and embrace the Obama administration's key education reform proposals.